This one-year full-time, or two-year part-time course is aimed at graduates with a background in a number of different fields (including Business, Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Physics) who are keen to pursue a career in the growing number of industries in the sustainable business and finance industry.
It is estimated that achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will require investments of $5-7 trillion annually across both the public and private sectors. The estimated $2.5 trillion investment gap every year in the developing world is a significant challenge but also an opportunity for policymakers, investors and businesses alike.
In this respect, the course will advance your understanding of finance theory and the application of sustainability factors (with a focus on environmental issues) to financial markets. The course also features a strong low-carbon energy component and aims to equip students with creative and analytical approaches to problem-solving in the sustainable finance context as well as enhance the student's interpersonal and leadership skills.
The programme can be undertaken on a part-time basis, thus enabling current professionals with the relevant background to combine working life with study, however, this is dependent on students’ employment commitments. Note that this is not a dedicated part-time programme and that students will be required to attend lectures, tutorials and complete group assignments in conjunction with the full-time cohort, for whom the schedule is primarily during working hours for a block of hours on several days a week. Modules in the autumn trimester will be delivered in a compressed format meaning that modules are taught intensively over two 6-week periods, requiring additional attendance at lectures and tutorials. Employer support is therefore essential.
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12 Months Full-Time Programme Duration
24 Months Part-Time Programme Duration
End August 2023 Starting
Vision / Value Statement
The MSc in Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance is aimed at those who would like to pursue a career in the growing number of sustainable finance sectors. The programme is suitable for students from a wide variety of disciplines such as business/finance/economics, environmental science, engineering, geography, mathematics or physics.
The educational values of the programme are to provide students with the knowledge and skills to: critically evaluate the financial and business management decisions of investors and firms in the context of the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy; apply statistical analysis techniques to the valuation and management of portfolios of financial securities, including green portfolios; apply data science tools to the mining and analysis of environmental data; develop a deep understanding of policy implications in the area of environmental finance and sustainable energy and enhance the student's teamwork and leadership skills to succeed as future leaders in the area of sustainable development.
The learning environment consists of both theoretical and applied components. Lectures combine theory and practice and are complemented by small group tutorials. Students engage in autonomous learning through individual assignments including literature reviews. Teamwork is also encouraged through presentations of data analysis and case studies. Students also have access to state-of-the-art financial databases in a designated data room. An optional internship programme is also integrated into the programme (the nature of the learning environment for students).
The programme uses multiple teaching, learning and assessment approach. Modules are presented mainly by academics and also feature many guest lectures and presentations delivered by practitioners with significant industry experience. Industry experts in the area of environmental and renewable energy finance also contribute to the design, delivery, and evolution of the curriculum. Assessment strategies include traditional exams, case study presentations and written reports. Group projects and presentations are also a key feature of this programme (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).